App magic hits lo­cal parks

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

Three Kar­ratha parks will trans­form into dig­i­tal fan­tasy lands through the power of a smart phone app this week.

Di­nosaurs, fairies and other fan­tas­ti­cal an­i­mals will in­vade the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex Oval, Bayn­ton West Park and Cat­trall Park through screens in a game called Mag­i­cal Park, de­vel­oped by New Zealand games com­pany GEO AR.

The game has been launched in 39 WA parks as part of Parks Week, which runs from March 4-12 and pro­motes the im­por­tance of parks and the out­doors to peo­ple’s re­cre­ation and health.

Parks and Leisure Aus­tralia WA pres­i­dent Joanne Smith said Mag­i­cal Park ben­e­fited chil­dren by com­bin­ing tech­nol­ogy with the out­doors in an in­no­va­tive way.

“Our chal­lenge is to think of new ways to mo­ti­vate our chil­dren to ex­er­cise,” she said. “Mag­i­cal Parks does just that by em­brac­ing tech­nol­ogy to get kids out­doors and mov­ing around.”

The game has been spon­sored by the City of Kar­ratha. To play, down­load the free app and open it at one of the parks un­til March 12.

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